And as the year draws to a close in the Tri-State area, the noose is tightening around texting drivers, as Maryland and Pennsylvania discuss tougher laws, a national texting ban gets closer to reality and local nonprofits engage in an ad campaign to discourage the unsafe practice. All was going well until five people were hospitalized after a car wreck when the driver became distracted by reading an anti-texting billboard. Drivers are coming under further fire as the City of Hagerstown moves toward entering into a contract with a for-profit company that will operate speed cameras within city limits. Council members said speed cameras will "free up" officers to do other things, leading a community activist group to install cameras outside city doughnut shops.
So smile, Hagerstown, you could be on the next episode of "Speed Watch Camera." It will give us something to look forward to in 2012. Which is OK with us, since having to relive 2011 is not something we would ever see ourselves doing in the future.